Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
Honesty, disinterestedness and good nature are indispensable to procure the esteem and confidence of those with whom we live, and on whose esteem our happiness depends.
I cannot live without books.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
A Man's management of his own purse speaks volumes about character.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.
Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
I never told my religion nor scrutinize that of another. I never attempted to make a convert nor wished to change another's creed. I have judged of others' religion by their lives...
My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.
Freedom of the person under the protection of habeas corpus. I deem one of the essential principles of our government.
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
Peace is our passion.
We confide in our strength, without boasting of it we respect that of others, without fearing it.
The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
History has informed us that bodies of men as well as individuals are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny.
There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.
Never enter into dispute or argument with another. I never saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument. I have seen many, on their getting warm, becoming rude.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity.
A man's management of his own purse speaks volumes about character.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Politics, like religion, hold up the torches of martyrdom to the reformers of error.